Best wishes: A very Happy new year to all my readers and senders of copy. I hope that 2016 is a healthy and prosperous year for you all.

Cards: Thank you to everyone who used the Brownie Christmas cards delivery service again this year. The boxes were very heavy when collected and it took almost three and a half hours to sort all the cards inside. We are very grateful to Keiron & glen at the stores and Graham in the Butcher’s for allowing us space at this busy time of year for our post boxes. Thankfully the weather was dry and the girls and their parents were able to deliver the cards in a short time. The girls are very grateful for all your donations which came to £141 and will be used by the Brownies.

Lunches: The residents of Burwash, Burwash Weald & Burwash Common were able to enjoy many Christmas lunches in the run up to the big day. The Bear played host to many including the Fire brigade dinner, the Not so Young Club lunch, the Bowls club lunch, the girls festive night party and many more. Over 100 guests were invited to the annual Get Together Christmas lunch which is funded by voluntary fund raising and their big raffle held on the day with prizes donated by the diners. The volunteers also help with the prepping, serving and clearing away of the lunch. Invitations for this are much sought and there is a waiting list for those wishing to come. Our grateful thanks to all the volunteers for another fabulous do. The Wheel Inn also hosted several Christmas do’s including the couples festive dinner. We would like to thank the chefs and staff of both establishments for giving us all such great food and festive fun.

Christmas Day: The Christmas Day lunch was again a great success. 26 people sat down together to enjoy a fabulous traditional Christmas lunch. We are really grateful to all those who donated items and money towards this lovely event, Roger Daltry, Sam & Martin Bowles. Debbie & Patrick Newman, Eileen Craddock, Keiron & Glen from Londis, the Carver family who helped make the beautiful table centres, Simon Groombridge for early morning transport and of course the whole Morrison Williams family, Sam, Keith, Beth, Rhiannon, Jasmin & Jared for all their help on the day. everyone had a lovely friendly time with our age range of 2years old to 92.

Bowls: The Burwash Short Mat Bowls club will begin the new year with a weekly practice session on Monday in the Burwash village hall from 5.30pm. We are always delighted to welcome new players and are pleased that Mike Hearn and Chris Ryan have recently joined us and are enjoying the game and the company. The club can lend you bowls until you are ready to purchase your own and will show you how the game is played. Do come along any Monday evening and see what we are about or call secretary Mary Taylor on 01435 882107 for more information. The club will play their first league match of 2016 on Tuesday with an away game at Chailey.

Wight loss Challenge: The next 12 week course of the Community weight loss challenge begins on Tuesday. The last course was a great success for all those who attended with everyone losing weight. The winners were 1st Wendy, 2nd Mary and 3rd Anne who all won cash prizes. If you would like to attend the next 12 weeks please call Sue Tonkin to register on 01892 784741, it is £39 for the twelve weeks and is being held at the Etchingham Village hall from 6.30pm. It includes weekly weigh ins(private), weight loss coaching, fun and friendship, tips and advice, nutritional education and support. For those that wish to help the weight loss process the group is followed at 7.15pm by a dance exercise group which you would be very welcome to join too. Call Sue now and tell her you will be there.

Walk: The first walk for strollers will take place on Wednesday morning at 9am. Those who wish to join Ijon Jenner as he leads the way around the lovely villages should meet at the Bear car park. Dogs are welcome if kept on a lead. This gentle walk is for all those who enjoy walking in great company.

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